Group Policies can be used to set nearly all PC options centrally, and choose a scope of users or devices so that the setting is automatically sent to your devices.

On your domain controller server:

  • Press “Windows-R,” type “Gpmc.msc” into the Run and press “Enter.”
  • Click “Yes” to the User Account Control prompt if one appears.
  • Right-click the group policy object you want to modify and click “Edit.”
  • Navigate to the Computer Configuration\Preferences\Windows Settings\Shortcuts folder in the left pane of the Group Policy Editor window.
  • Right-click the Shortcuts folder, click “New” and click “Shortcut.”
  • Click the “Action” box and click “Create.”
  • Type a name for the shortcut into the Name field.
  • Click the “Target Type” box and click “File System Object” if it’s a shortcut to a file, “URL” if it’s a Web link or “Shell Object” if it’s another type of shortcut, such as a shortcut to a printer or computer.
  • Click the “Location” box and click “All Users Desktop.”
  • Type the destination for the shortcut into the “Target Path,” “Target URL” or “Target Object” box. A different box appears depending on which target type you selected. For example, type “C:\Example.exe”
  • Click the “…” button to the right of “Icon File Path,” browse to an icon file for the shortcut and double-click it.
  • Click “OK.”
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